Curicó Valley, Chile

Aresti Wine of Chile is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951, when Vicente Aresti and his father-in-law, Alfredo López, established a winery in the Curicó Valley. In 1999, the Aresti family began making wine under their own label, acquiring new land and investing in technology. Today, three generations of the Aresti family dedicate their efforts and knowledge to producing widely recognized wines of the highest caliber.

Part of the Aresti winery history is depicted on the labels of the icon Family Collection line, with Alberto Valenzuela Llanos’ 1908 painting entitled “Harvest at the Bellavista Hacienda,” which won a gold medal in an exhibition in the Belle Arts Museum in Santiago during Chile’s centennial celebration. Don Vicente acquired the painting and turned it into the symbol of the winery. In fact, it won another gold medal in an international wine label competition (Premier Print Award), when it competed against 4,500 other labels from every corner of the world.

Region: Curicó Valley, Chile

Year Founded: 1951

Proprietors: Vicente Aresti

Winemaker: Jon Usabiaga

Size of property: 1,400 hectares (3,460 acres)

Amount of Property Planted: 400 hectares (988 acres)

Terroir: Curicó is Chile’s second largest wine producing valley with 32 grape varieties planted. French Vitis vinifera vines were first planted here in the mid-1800s. The climate is Mediterranean, with a summer dry season that lasts for five months. Temperatures average between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F) with rainfall averages around 700 mm, or 28 inches. The soil is a mixture of well-drained alluvial and sandy-lime. Two rivers, the Teno and the Lontué Rivers, join to form the Mataquito River,which flows through the town of Sagrada Familia to the sea.

Annual Production: 800,000 cases

Varieties Cultivated: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer

Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications: Certified to the International Environmental Standard ISO 14001; IMO Organic Certification for specific vineyard sites.

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